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President's Corner

With the Holiday season in full swing some businesses may notice a seasonal effect. Typically, service industry’s business slacks off until the start of the New Year. That’s why I am pleasantly surprised that the NNBA continues to see an increase in memberships, renewals, subscriptions and general activity. For the Holiday season, the NNBA has a special gift of three free months of membership. Join or Renew by January 1, 2015 and receive three additional months; that’s fifteen months. This offer does expire on New Year’s Day so if you are about to expire or would like to join and see how the NNBA can help you with your career goals; now is the time!

This past May I had the opportunity to meet Julie Armstrong; I know I am in southern California when I am sitting with a nurse that is part of a television show! You can learn more about Julie and the program that she is offering to nurses in our spotlight this week.

Several nurses from this year’s conference asked me about the beautiful jewel toned hearts that were on the center of the tables. Each of these hearts is unique because of the Japanese “Raku” method. As I promised; here is the link to the page where you can see them and the ordering information.

7,000 and growing is the number of nurses subscribing to the NNBA News. Remember, I ‘d be happy to talk with NNBA members about how you can be a guest blogger or have one of your articles published in the newsletter. Contact me at if you would like an opportunity to serve our NNBA membership. We are nurses helping nurses with a wealth of experience and successful examples of nurse entrepreneurship!

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Lighten Up...
What would Brian Boitano Do? | Mashable
"Don't face plant in front of Brian Boitano."
A lifelong figure skating fan raised in the golden era of American skating, this interviewer couldn't reject a chance to talk to the Brian Boitano ... while on ice. Tumbling nose first into the frozen rink, while smashing both my teeth and sequin dreams, seemed worth the risk. So during New York City's first punch of winter weather, on a Wednesday morning before parka-wrapped tourists descended on Central Park's Trump Rink, I met Boitano to talk food, South Park and, of course, skating.

Articles of Interest

Reframe Your Thinking | Success Tip
It was a treat when I went to my daughter’s final basketball game yesterday; it was being played at a school where twelve years prior, I was the school nurse. Being a school nurse was some of the most enjoyable time spent in my nursing career and was completely unexpected. Right after deciding to leave the corporate world, a dear friend told me about this K-8 school that needed a nurse for several months and would I be willing to help them out. I marveled how once again my career choice of being a nurse allowed me an opportunity to work and appreciate a new setting.  Read more

How to Get Organized for the Holidays: 13 Simple Steps | Spare Foot
Blissful or stressful? Americans are definitely divided over whether the holiday season is the former or the latter.
In a survey last year for Rasmussen Reports, 46 percent of American adults described the holiday season as joyous. Meanwhile, 42 percent found the holiday season nerve-wracking.
Practically speaking, the holiday season stretches from Halloween to New Year’s Day. If you count holiday shopping, the season lasts even longer. Depending on your point of view, that’s a whole lot of bliss or stress.
One of the keys to making the holiday season more blissful or less stressful is to get your house in order—literally. Here, professional organizers supply 13 tips on how to prepare your home and yourself for the holidays.
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    6 Memory Factors to Consider as You Craft Your Business Name | Entrepreneur
    The science of memory breaks down into three parts: encoding, storage and retrieval. We encode through all five of our senses. Two of these senses, sight and hearing, are under more control during the naming process than the other three. However, taste, smell and touch are part of the experience as a whole for consumers when they interact with a brand.
    Keeping in mind the process of encoding and storing, here are a few memory methods to consider when naming your business:

    1. The basics
    Find words or pairings with a rhythm or semantic flow, which helps to avoid leaving someone with a hard stop. This tends to create alliteration, such as Freaky Friday or Sunny Shores.  
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    Clarity: Your First Priority
     | Success Magazine

    Focus is not something that comes naturally; it is a skill that must be developed. But before you can begin developing focus as a skill, you first must be clear on what you need to focus upon. For those of you who have read my book Strategic Acceleration, this chapter will be powerful reinforcement on the importance of clarity and vision from the very beginning. For those who haven’t, let me assure you that clarity is the place to start. So, what is it you really want? What do you want professionally? Personally? For your family? What’s your vision for your life? Knowing this is what I mean by clarity.  Read More

    The 8 Most Inspiring Things Human Beings Do Every Day 
    | Forbes

    In honor of Thanksgiving, I’ve been thinking about what I’m deeply grateful for. I realized that throughout this year, and through all the challenges and hardships I’ve seen people facing these past months, I’ve been struck by something. I’ve been surprised by the things that everyday, ordinary people around me – colleagues, clients, friends, peers, children, and other inspirers – are doing that make the world a better, happier and more peaceful place.

    Sure, there is so much around us that brings us down and makes us hang our heads in our hands (just spend the day watching the “news” and your mood will descend from upbeat to depressed in a flash). But I’ve seen a shift of sorts this year – a movement, shall we say – away from pain, suffering and misery towards something more positive, more inspiring. There’s been a keener focus on kindness, happiness, peace and support. And that shift in focus paves the way for a new, more hopeful way of living.
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    NNBA Members Spotlight
    Julie Armstrong
    RN, MN, Psy.D., QME

    A cofounder of AG Seminars, Dr. Julie Armstrong started her career as a Diploma Graduate from California Hospital School of Nursing in downtown Los Angeles. She worked in psychiatry at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute on adult, child and geriatric psychiatry units.

    While working at UCLA she completed her Masters Degree in Psych/Mental Health nursing, and is one of the first CA recognized Clinical Nurse Specialists, CNS 004. Seeking opportunity as an outpatient provider, she then studied for her Doctorate in Psychology at Pepperdine University, and is a licensed Psychologist. Her dissertation topic was “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Nurses.”

    As a forensic psychologist, Dr. Armstrong has served as an Expert Witness in Nursing and Psychology on hundreds of legal cases, in both fields. Dr. Armstrong is an Expert Witness for the Board of Registered Nursing, and has been a Content Expert for the CA Board of Psychology, and an evaluator for the FAA. An award winning educator, Dr. Armstrong frequently lectures alongside judges to attorneys, claims adjusters and experts. Dr. Armstrong also appears on the popular true crime television show Wicked Attractions, seen on the Investigation Discovery channel (IDtv.)

    At AG Seminars Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Gyepes are offering RNs and other professionals the training necessary to serve as an Expert Witness. “Nurses have so much more expertise than they acknowledge.” The modules, launching in January, are offered in convenient 3 hour modules, and attendance is available via Webinar. The entire series, called Becoming an Expert, is an introductory seminar and 8 modules, intended to give the participant a thorough understanding of the role of Expert Witness, so that one is fully prepared for that first case.

    [NNBA members receive a 10% discount on the introductory module, Is Forensics For You, January 24, 2015, by calling to register, 424-320-2199.]

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